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  1. U_Stormcrow

    Composting Chicken Bedding

    I find myself in agreement with @aart re composting shavings. We used them to trim some oak trees like a thick layer of mulch, and years later, they still had not entirely broken down (hey, it was free!!!) but had managed to grow some spore colonies in layers between the various dump/raking of...
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    Feeding mixed age hens

    Yes. They will try it, then leave it alone.
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    Feeding mixed age hens

    agree with @sourland . All Flock for all ages, free choice oyster shell for the needed calcium boost for your layers. You might also find All Flock described as Flock Raiser, depending upon brand. No advice regarding the bear.
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    Cornish X red ranger cross project

    ^^^ same. The only time mine has crowed was to warn the flock of a flying predator - after one of the brahma told him about it. Seems a little late to be making noise after the whole flock has crowded under the vestibule in front of the barn doors. Maybe if I had kept the more dominant male...
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    Cornish X red ranger cross project

    @Compost King @esme13 I wish you both well in that. This was my first year with a flock, and due to COVID, I had no choice in my breeds - it was whatever I could get out of TSC before they sold out. Had planned to put one of my two CX males over my HH Rainbows and any Braham hens I had, and...
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    Are these berries poisonous

    After reviewing these additional pictures, I withdraw my prior opinion. Thanks @Nigel27 , these helped more than my internet search or the prior colored pencil sketch
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    Brahma or Cochin?

    That's an oddity. I'd say neither, some barnyard mix. He's not checking off all the right boxes for either.
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    Are these berries poisonous

    Not sold on the Peppervine suggestion - the leaf shapes appear to differ significantly, though I think we are on the right track. Not any variety of Virginia creeper I'm familiar with, either -the fruit is closer, but the leaves are way off.
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    Are these berries poisonous

    I agree, it looks a bit like something vaguely in the grape family. Also, Porcelainberry has some similarities, though the fruits tend to be much paler, so likely not it. Definitely not Muscadine, which I have in plenty. Those leaves are rounder, fruit is larger, and differently bunched. OP, if...
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    Are these berries poisonous

    I'm terrible at plant identification, but can tell you they are NOT Pokeweed/dragonberry/poke sallet. Which I have the misfortune of being far more familiar with. They aren't a form of huckleberry or blueberry either - wrong leaf shape. What region are you in, @AllyTCat ??? I don't see a...
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    Best DIY egg trays

    If you were looking for something larger (say 21x21-ish) I'd say try to buy an old open side plastic dishwasher rack from a restaurant, then nock the bottoms out between dividers. Even new, they are only $10 or $11, but after a few thousand cycles they start to break from rough handling -...
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    Coop placement and safety of nearby callery pear?

    Howdy neighbor!!! We are about 130 miles apart, as the crow flies. You are mostly North, and a bit East of me. Not sure if you can get Harrell's Feeds up there, as they are a local mill in S AL, but if you don't mind that they are medicated and crumble, I'm finding their feeds fresh, cheap...
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    Coop placement and safety of nearby callery pear?

    Happy to help. and if I might offer one other piece of unrelated advice? This website has been spectacular for me in my journey of poultry ownership, and I hope it will be that way for you also. Some of our questions will have regional answers, based on climate, materials availability, etc. If...
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    Coop placement and safety of nearby callery pear?

    My chickens love my native muscadine fruits, but the vines are suffering their predations just fine, and they do not seem to be eating enough, seasonally, to negatively impact their diets. That said, my muscadine are not in the run, simply available as they free range. My birds ignore my pear...
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    Butchered my first chicken/animal

    Congrats! Our first was just three weeks back or so. It is deeply satisfying to sit down to a meal you are totally responsible for. Honestly, a bit envious. Our property isn't there yet. But you sat down to the end goal.
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    Brahma hen

    I have 5 dark brahma, all hens. They are my favorite birds. No issues with them at all. Smart. mostly choose to stay in their pen. Free range well. Alert to predators. Not particularly messy eaters. Not aggressive, but not real friendly, either. No health issues (we've not suffered...
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    Picked up a free Roo today, it needed re-homing

    No feather stubs, clean legs. Hatchery BSL are usually an RIR or NHR over BR pairing, and there is no red in him at all, which I understand to be be common, though more pronounced in the hens, particularly out of the Hatcheries. Wondering if I don't have something resembling a BSL in many...
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    What to do with aggressive non layer?

    Soup pot. For stock.
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    Helpful hints for building coops

    I had the same difficulties in Central TX, too. Drowned from seasonal storms, or burnt from the pounding sun and withering heat.
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    Helpful hints for building coops

    I have planted garlic, with limited success. Scallions do great for me, onions hit/miss - but garlic? never. Trying it in a container again. Fingers crossed. I did ginger that way last year, with a left over scrap from cooking, and its now broken through the side of my pots!
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